Audi Motorsport Newsletter Ingolstadt, 30 July 2006 STCC: Audi continues to lead in Sweden STCC: Audi driver Thed Bjork defended his lead in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) with a second place at VÃ¥ler Banen (Norway).
Audi Motorsport Newsletter
Ingolstadt, 30 July 2006
Audi continues to lead in Sweden
STCC: Audi driver Thed Bjork defended his lead in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) with a second place at Våler Banen (Norway). Despite carrying 60 kilos of handicap weight, Bjork captured the pole position for the Norwegian round of the series in his Audi A4 STCC. At the start, Bjork took the lead before he had to let by his rival Richard Goransson just before the mandatory pit stops. Fredrik Ekblom and Tommy Kristoffersson completed the strong Audi performance in Norway finishing third and fourth respectively. After five of nine rounds Thed Bjork has a 12-point lead over Goransson. Former champion Fredrik Ekblom moved into the third position of the standings.
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SEAT driver Thompson takes WTCC lead
By finishing fifth in both races at Puebla (Mexico), SEAT driver James Thompson has taken over the lead in the drivers' standings of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In the manufacturers' championship, SEAT increased its lead over BMW to nine points. Fastest in qualifying was Rickard Rydell. The Swede, however, was demoted ten positions on the grid because the engine of his SEAT Leon had to be changed before the start of the race. Finishing eighth and third respectively, the Swede still scored important points for SEAT in both races. Privateer Tom Coronel also showed a strong performance, finishing fourth in the first race as the best placed SEAT driver and winning the independent trophy in sixth position overall in the second race.
SEAT defends manufacturers' lead
Darren Turner scored the best result of a SEAT Leon in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) event at Donington. Turner helped SEAT to defend its lead in the manufacturers' point standings with a fourth-place finish in the third and final race of the day. Turner started from pole position but dropped to fourth place following an off. Team mate Jason Plato finished seventh in the first race, but the former British Touring Car Champion had to retire from both the other races after contacts.